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FGCU Renaissance Academy Offers "Private Rights, Public Responsibility" in Sanibel

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy welcomes friends and new faces to its course “Private Rights, Public Responsibility” beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at the Sanibel City Hall.

The four-part course will investigate the role of property rights in the quest for individual liberty and human rights. The course will examine both the intellectual foundations of property rights and their practical working through law and civil society. The instructor will use the Socratic Seminar Format to encourage discussion and exchange of ideas.

Thomas Bethel’s book, The Noblest Triumph: Property and Prosperity Through the Ages, serves as the reference work for the course. Approximately 90 pages of the text will be covered in each meeting. Students are encouraged to obtain the book and read the first 90 pages before the initial class meeting.

Each of the four sessions is 90 minutes. Other meeting dates are Fridays, Nov. 16 and Nov. 30, and Monday, Dec. 10.

Bradley K. Hobbs from the FGCU College of Business is instructor for the course.

FGCU created the Renaissance Academy on the premise that learning should never stop and that keeping the mind intellectually, creatively and culturally active enhances the quality of life. FGCU, an accredited comprehensive public university created to address the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and dedicated to providing a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities, offers the Renaissance Academy as part of the University’s commitment to serving the region.

The course fee is $45 for Renaissance Academy members and City of Sanibel employees, and $60 for all others. The course fee may be mailed directly to the FGCU Renaissance Academy.

For information about course content, contact Hobbs at (941) 590-7162 or

For more information about the Renaissance Academy or course registration, contact Eileen Regelski at (941) 590-1095 or 590-1098, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Ft. Myers, FL 33965-6565, or

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